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WORLD THOROUGHBRED RANKINGS
(through August 18, 2002)
The following are World Thoroughbred Rankings for the top 10 horses in each racing division for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, to be held October 26 at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill. The World Thoroughbred Rankings are established by an international panel of racing secretaries and handicappers. Rankings are determined by an analysis of the horses' past performances in graded and group stakes races around the world through the date of ranking. The rankings will be published weekly through October 8.
The rankings will be part of the criteria used to determine horses' qualifications to participate in the World Thoroughbred Championships. In the event that a Breeders' Cup race is oversubscribed, the rankings will complement the Breeders' Cup point system for performance in American graded stakes races in establishing the fields of runners.
The rankings currently reflect six of the eight Breeders' Cup divisions: Distaff, Filly & Mare Turf, Mile, Sprint, Turf and Classic. The Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies divisional rankings will commence in late summer.
For a rankings list that includes breeders and jockeys, go to www.ntra.com.
JOHN DEERE TURF DIVISION
FILLY & MARE TURF DIVISION
*(T) next to a ranking indicates a tie.
Changes in World Thoroughbred Rankings from Aug. 11 to Aug. 18
CLASSIC - Unchanged
JOHN DEERE TURF - Unchanged
DISTAFF - FARDA AMIGA takes second place by herself behind AZERI following her impressive return Saturday in the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga. ALLAMERICAN BERTIE, second in the Alabama, moves into the Top 10 for the first time, tied in eighth place with BELLA BELLUCCI, who was scratched from the Alabama, and MISS LINDA (ARG). YOU, third in the Alabama and now being rested, drops out of the rankings. You was tied for second place in last week's rankings.
SPRINT - After winning Sunday's Pat O'Brien Handicap at Del Mar, DISTURBINGTHEPEACE jumps from seventh to a third-place tie with ORIENTATE and SWEPT OVERBOARD and improves his rating from 117 to 120. KONA GOLD drops to sixth place.
FILLY AND MARE TURF - BANKS HILL (GB) and GOLDEN APPLES (IRE) move from third into a second-place tie, as both fillies rise from a 119 rating to 121. Banks Hill defeated colts with a powerful finish in Sunday's Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville, while Golden Apples defeated ASTRA, who retains the No. 1 ranking, in the Beverly D at Arlington Park on Saturday. KAZZIA (GER) slips back to fourth place, followed by ENGLAND'S LEGEND, third in the Beverly D and now tied in fifth with ISLINGTON (IRE) and QUARTER MOON (IRE).
MILE - Now a Breeders' Cup Mile candidate, BEAT HOLLOW (GB) enters this division ranked third at 124 after winning the Arlington Million. SARAFAN, second in the Million, drops into a third-place tie with FORBIDDEN APPLE, who finished third in the Million. Forbidden Apple rises from fourth place and improves his rating from 120 to 123.
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